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Custom Container Pivot Attachment Turns Recycling Upside Down

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Custom Container Pivot Attachment Turns Recycling Upside DownTo help empty wood chips quickly from containers in a recycling application, Hyster has developed a custom container pivot attachment on a ReachStacker.


“The customer works in recycling and transports containers of wood chips using lorries and trains. Their challenge was finding an efficient way both to empty 20ft containers of wood chips into the yard at their recycling terminal and transfer the bulk goods from one container into another,” says Chris van de Werdt, Commercial Manager for Hyster® Big Trucks.

The Hyster® Special Engineering Department developed a solution where a custom container pivot attachment was added to a RS45-31 CH ReachStacker to allow the 20ft containers to be lifted and pivoted.  This tipping motion allows the correct flow of wood chip from the container, making it far easier to empty. 

“The attachment is capable of pivoting containers up to 60-degrees and is designed to carry the containers off-centre to enhance the stability of the entire ReachStacker so it can empty the wood chip in one simple, well-controlled and efficient movement,” says Chris. “This customisation has resulted in the easy, efficient and cost effective transport of wood chip for the customer.”

The tough Hyster® RS45-31 CH can handle general cargo including 20’ containers in a diverse range of applications. Its robust frame can take on the heaviest cargo, with a load capacity of 45 tonnes when not pivoting or up to 32 tonnes when in the tilted position.

Balancing strength with agility, the Hyster® RS45-31 CH has outstanding manoeuvrability and superior handling speeds, particularly while rotating containers at up to a 60-degree angle. The powerful engine gives the extreme power needed to handle even the most challenging recycling applications. 

“The recycling industry requires a specific set of features alongside reliability that minimises downtime in what can be a 24/7 operation,” says Chris. “The Hyster® ReachStacker range offers the toughness needed for these demanding applications but in this instance, a very particular customisation was developed to ensure more efficient, easy and cost effective operations.”

The Hyster® Special Engineering Department is located at the Nijmegen plant in the Netherlands, the global centre for Hyster Big Trucks design, development and testing.